An ambitious sailor returned to his old high school to give pupils an inspirational talk about his career.
Jack Taylor, 19, who left Unity Academy in 2011, visited the North Shore school to talk about life in the merchant navy.
He said: “Becoming an officer in the navy was something I wanted to do from a very early age.
“Through sheer determination and after three years of hard work, I have now become fully qualified.
“Unity Academy was instrumental in getting me where I am today.
“It was the foundation to a career which I have always wanted to do.”
The teenager, who joined Unity Academy in Year Eight and was head boy before joining the Nautical College at Fleetwood, told of the highs and lows of the industry, including hairy times at sea.
He said: “I was on a ship which almost ran aground on a beach after 110mph winds hit us in port.
“All of our mooring lines snapped and as we were blown away down the river, the ship was listing over to one side as the vessel had become one giant sail.
“We were thrown around like a toy in a bath.”
He added: “Although the training is difficult, as well as the job itself carrying much responsibility, the rewards are great.”